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people are marching through london in a bid to convince the government to take in asylum seekers and refugees, the issue on how to deal with the crisis is unfolding on europe's shores divided leaders, there's no unified plans on how many would be taken, and which countries they'll go. straight to barnaby phillips, live at the protests. they are looking peaceful. what is the message there, barnaby. >> it's peaceful. it's a large crowned. i'm on whitehall. the crowd is entering parliament square. earlier it entered piccadilly. thousands and thousands - it
took an hour for the crowd to walk past. they are holding up banners saying things like refugees, we should do more. there is no them and us. it's a solidarity message. the question is to what extent does the crowd speak to britain, and to what extent will a conservative prime minister i just policy. let's not forget he made something of a u-turn, this time 10 days ago, saying that britain would take no more syrian refugees. he change pd the strategy in the wake of a widespread public outcry after the pictures of the poor syrian boy washed up on the beaches of turkey last weekend. he had to do something. he came to parliament. britain will take in the refugees over the next five years. perhaps it dissipated the public anger somewhat.
in the minds of these people it wasn't enough. >> one of the concerns about more people - those coming into the country. those that are reluctant to see any more? >> in this country, the refugee crisis and how many britain should take is entangled with a broader debate about immigration as a whole. migration to the british isles, we saw stat sticks saying net migration increased to 300,000. now, that is despite the fact that a conservative government committed itself to reducing the target lower than that. it's failing in that regard. it feels on the back foot and that there is a body of public opinion. not the people out here today who believe that more people coming to the british aisles is
leading to a shortage of job, putting pressure on schools and housing. economists will argue this, some say migration is beneficial. in overall terms, critics of a generous migration policy, if you call it that, say britain is in a different position, the population has grown, islands in are densely populated, and this country is better egypt to help in other ways, giving foreign aid, which it does more than other european countries in countries like lebanon, turkey, jordan. that is the apply of the government to these people, who feel that britain is not living up to moral obligations. >> now, most of the refugees that make it to europe are mainly arriving in two countries, more than 120,000 landed in italy and are there.
260,000 arrived in greece and take journeys north to other parts of europe. from greece 6,000 have gone to europe's poorp countries, 10,000 travelled to macedonian. 3,000 are expected every day over the next few months. moving to serbia, more than 100,000 registered for asylum. some have gone on to hungary, 150,000 according to the u.n., and 6,500 cross said into austria. andrew simmonds joined syrian families on one of the last trains to leave. he joins us from budapest. it is significant. austria stopped trains travelling into the country. what is the situation there now? >> that has had some affect on the flow of refugees crossing
the border. there's few people. as you can see preparing do go around. when we arrived a few hours ago there were thousands in this area. basically, what we are seeing now is a much faster movement of people in just as large numbers as the past few weeks. it would seem a bigger number on the way from macedonia across the border into serbia, and arriving here in hungary. we bordered the last train, the last international train to germany from here after the trains from suspended. it's not known when they'll resume.
this is our report. >> reporter: father and daughter alone with their thoughts. coming so far, herded from one place to the next. like the others here, bedding down for the night, it's the uncertainty that hurts nearly as much as bruises and sores. >> sometimes we think we'll die. in the sea - everywhere, when we are in the road, in the street. without anything. if all goes well. this is the day the painful oddyssey will end, in germany. if you are a refugee. this is the only way you can board a train in budapest. it's the strongest that make the most headway. without help the youngest are in danger of being crushed.
the police have orders to let through enough people to fill a carriage of each train. this man and his daughter waited eight hours to get to this point. they make it. on the move again, destination germany. how is your dad now? >> he's tired. i want to make him feel that i am strong. to make him strong when he see i'm happy, that make him happy. >> the last person to join a group was this young man, separated from friends. he showed video of a camp and had no means of leaving the room. >> they didn't let us speak or make calls or go to the toilet, speak or do anything. >> he's under 18. classed as a child. he has grown up on this trip. >> it was cruel.
i miss my father and mother. i feel lonely. every one of the carriages is filled with acts of tragedy and persecution from over the globe. as the train hurtles through the countryside, on what is the last leg of an incredible journey, the atmosphere is not necessarily one of joy and elation, there's a sombre realisation of the people they have left behind. but they will be going to safety. >> this woman wants to settle her father in sweden and complete her university studies and return to her homeland as a medic. >> i will come back to syria and make everything for people and syria.
for free syria of course. god, please look after the syrian people. >> how do you feel about leaving syria, are you sad? arriving in munich, he's composed again. germany offering more of a welcome than anywhere else. this colossal mass movement and suffering is shaking some of the complacency of western europe. at the same time it's polarizing opinion in some communities. abir tries to disguise her doubts. >> everything will be like what i want. you are always the optimist. >> see you guys. they seem to be at odds as to what is going on then. i hear a concert is under way. >> it's starting. above me there's a large group
of supporters for refugee solidarity, which is a demonstration going on on refugee solidarity day. it's similar to demonstrations in london and other european capitals, what they want to do is get a message of diversity out there. it's in big contrast to the message put out by viktor orban's government. which is quite to the contrary. it wants to introduce laws on the 15th, which is a couple of days away now, which will effectively make the whole crossing of the boarder a crime, punishable by up to three years in gaol. in reality there'll probably be a deportation instead. now we are seeing more political fighting as the refugee crisis gets bigger and bigger - particularly between the eastern bloc of the european union and
the west. viktor orban is saying no way is this falling on. other states including the u.k. and denmark number themselves among the fan, along with, also, the east european states of - neighbouring state of slovakia, poland, and an absolute categorical word that they will not take part in any sort of sharing of the problem on an enforced basis. the problem is getting bigger instead of smaller, the politics are more complex, and the misery for the refugees is the same. the only difference is - moving now from this part of hungry in a faster way soords austria thank you. let's move to other new, an
investigation has been launched into a crane collapse in sauds leading to the death of people. the accident happened at a grand mosque, before the annual pilgrimage. we have this report. >> reporter: hundreds of people were inside the grand mosque. construction machinery crashed down, as the crane toppled it broke through the roof of the buildings it broke through the roof of the building. underneath hundreds were praying. they stood no chance of escape. from the other side grainy images give an idea of the stormy whether outside. you can see how far the crane arm fell. people inside couldn't see it coming. a witness that spoke to al jazeera on the phone said he almost died. >> i escaped it narrowly. no one had a clue what happened.
it's compared to a bomb blast. emergency crews were dealing with dead and injured for hours. >> translation: the incident happened at 5:23 due to the rain and wind speed as high as 83km. it caused the train to collapse, causing death and injuries. >> many gathered for the hajj pilgrimage. it's the busiest time of the year. saudis launched an investigation. >> i would like to convey the condolences to the custodians of the mosque and the crown prince to the families involved in the incident. >> there's construction all around the grand mosque.
cranes surround the complex, part of a million expansion project. the number of people converging on mecca create security and logistical changes. in the past that's resulted in deadly stampedes. safety measures have been upgraded. the accident may have happened during high winds and rains it could force a safety review during construction work. saudi authorities are taking the incident seriously. at the same time, they say hajj is going as planned plenty more ahead on al jazeera. relief among ruling party supporters in singapore. the election campaign hinting at change. that story coming
you're watching al jazeera, these are the top stories, thousands marching through central london in support of refugees, hoping to convince politicians that britain should welcome for asylum seekers. 2,000 gather for a concert outside budapest's main railway station. musicians and activists are there to show solidarity with refugees. >> an investigation has been launched into a crane collapse leading to the death of 107 people, at the grand mosque before the annual hajj pilgrimage. >> the labour party elected a leader. one with 59% of the votes, there's fears that the
leadership could result in a shift to the left. damaging chances. >> they want to say thank you to the 36 members of parliament - well, 35 plus me, because i nominated myself. for nominating me for this position. i know some of them had some reluctance to do so, it is reported. they did so in the spirit of inclusion and democracy, and i thank them and look forward to working with them. we have great work to do in the party lawrence lee has more from london. >> if you want to know a little about the man jeremy corbyn is, his first act is to go on the refugees solidarity march here in central london. that'st that's the sort of thing that he says will energize
politics and reflect standards. he used to be the standard of the stop the war coalition. he is against the renewal of the british nuclear weapons, wants to get the tax corporations to pay more tax and redistribute the wealth to the rich and the poor. all individually i have to say are popular with the public. to the established westminster machine. they put them into a complete appa plexy. they are not used to anything like this at all. it's unelectable. this could be the end of a labour party, and one-party politics in the u.k. as won by the conservative party. in response to that they'd say don't you forget. how disillusion said members of the public and voters are, and
the cronyism and corruption. the idea is to build a populist grassroots movement to take on the established interests. suddenly you couldn't believe this has happened. british politics will become more interesting. >> egypt's president accepted the resignation of the entire cabinet. the move coming days after the country's prime minister said there would be no cabinet shake-up despite corruption charges facing the former minister. salah resigned and was arrested. state media reported that the oil porter has been asked to form a new cabinet. a senior lecturer at the arab islamic studies. and joins us from london. good to see you again, what happened?
it's tough to say what happened. the background is obvious. there's a fourth coming parliamentary elections, there is promises, and the image of being the tough military men who cracks down on the civilian bureaucracy corruption. and seen in a spectacular way, the agricultural minister was arrested in day light. in front of many cameras, and also the - what's happening with religious endowment minister. and there was an embarrassment when one of the tunisians journalists highlighted the corruption case against the current prime minister. who was implicated in a case against mubarak. the so-called presidential palace case. there was a package of corruption, vis-a-vis the counter administration and a fourth coming parliamentary elections, and there has been the international donors, because egypt - the moment the
party survives on the international aid from the gulf, mainly from the golf. and there has been a lot of questions about where are the $40 billion that they've been given to the country after the july coup, and there is a tendency to give this message that they are cracking down on local corruption, and there's some local support for that, especially the supporters of the counter regime. the critics are saying that the corruption issue is more endemic. if you are facing corruption in the civilian democracy, what about corruption in the military. and the highlight of this was the general, head of abdul fatah al-sisi's office when he referred to the current prime minister, when he was the oil minister, referred to him as a trivial lost sole in a corruption issue. the many on social media, this leak from the office being
tweeted and re-tweeted many times. so there has been a bit of controversy as well vis-a-vis the changes. >> okay. thank you. >> the ruling people's action party of singapore is celebrating a convincing win in the city states general election. the p a.p. has been in power. as rob mcbride reports the election was not a walk everyone. >> reporter: victory and relief among p a.p. supporters after facing the uncertainty of a public-wide fight against multiple parties. benefitting from an election called at the 50th anniversary, the ruling people's action party of singapore sees it as a solid endorsement to take it forward. >> i always had confidence in the p a.p. >> for sure. we go for 100. we'll do a better job. mark by words. for the leader, the prime
minister this was a personal victory. the first election without influence of lee kuan yew, his father and the founder of singapore who died this year. he reversed gains. >> it's a good result for p a.p. and an excellent result tore singapore. >> reporter: as opposition rallie, the workers party deflated hopes came in. still believing they are changing singapore into a multiparty system. >> they look around here. it's a better place to stay. that is what we want. >> i hope the government will put more effort to take care of us. this is what i want. >> reporter: there is the wider change that many believe is under way here. not noted for open political exchange. people have been gripped by
election fever during the campaign, insisting that debate does not equal disunity, the opposition party says singapore is better for it. despite a growing number of new political parties, it's the familiar flag of the ruling one na is it, after the election, flying higher than the rest japan's prime minister has been visiting areas hit by the floods. many have been left homeless. more than 100,000 have been affected by the floods and landslides. indian police say say two have been killed in the pradesh state. the blasts happened after a cooking gas cylinder exploded. the restaurant was full of people having breakfast at the time. the republican candidate in the
u.s. 2016 presidential race. the former texas governor dropped out. perry was near the bottom in opinion polls. forced to stop paying campaign staff. the texan was making a second bid after a failed campaign in 2012. >> venezuela's opposition leader vows to continue his fight against the government. he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. leopoldo lopez was convicted of inciting violence at anti-government protesters. >> today i visited leopoldo in gaol. he looked into my eyes and said we'll continue forward with more strength. we are committed about the people, with the truth, with the reason, and with justice. >> reporter: this year's venice festival screened dozens of films. we look at the dominant themes
and the movies in the running for a prize. >> reporter: there has been plenty of glamour on the red carpet. on screen films are gritty. the four words - inspired by true event. the fall of a holocaust survivor searching for an auschwitz commander. >> you must find him. you must kill him. >> to the african child soldiers and a brutal civil war in beasts of no nation. reality was hard to avoid at the festival. with movies telling stories that seem to come from the news. >> i don't think it's from a lack of creativity. it's sort of thinking about the problem of the individual in
contemporary society. >> reporter: the plight of refugees was the backdrop of some films, and the focus of many. >> he said you have to go back to your country. i said, it is my country. i don't have a country. it's a killing ground. >> i'm so happy to bring people without voice, people that are suffering. i think the movie is about finding a mission of what it is to be human on the planet. >> reporter: for millions that means moving. with films like mediterranean, that means thousands of refugees and reaching the shores of europe. >> this will soon be humming with stars. the jury is deliberating which film to honour, and as well as tales from reality, documentaries loomed large, but
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